The PSL Final is causing a lot of trouble to the people of Karachi this Sunday with many waking up to lots of traffic, chaos and blockade on the streets.
So all the roads in Karachi leading to National Stadium have been blocked all of a sudden today
All the roads leading towards National Stadium are blocked due to some VIP movement in #Karachi
— Farman (@farmansha) February 11, 2018
Considering that amount of VIP movements that take place in the city, people naturally assumed that this was the case. However turns out it is something totally different.
People woke up to the blockade on many roads and were immediately worried about the state of the city’s traffic
#Karachi_Traffic_Police seems to be under staffed. Even major roads & intersections are without monitoring.This situation is deplorable and must be rectified. #Karachi also needs many more properly marked #zebra_crossings &overhead_pedestrian_bridges
— Saima Noman (@Saima1Noman1) February 11, 2018
Roads have been blocked as part of security drill for the upcoming PSL final that will be played in Karachi
#Karachi: Full dress rehearsal for the #PSL3 Final underway in Karachi.
1. Foreign security experts being briefed on arrangements today.
2. Roads leading towards #NationalStadium is blocked for traffic.
3. National Stadium road expected to open today evening. #KHIAlerts pic.twitter.com/gOK1kAfBAO
— SherY – (@SheryS_Official) February 11, 2018
#Karachi: PSL Final Ki Security, Full Dress Rehearsal, 10,000 Ahelkar Tainat, National Stadium Aanay Walay Roads Band, Helicopters Se Nigrani
— AAJ NEWS URDU (@Aaj_Headlines) February 11, 2018
— KK (@kamrankhalil7) February 11, 2018
PSL Final Ki Security, Full Dress Rehearsal, 10,000 Ahelkar Tainaat National Stadium Aany Walay Roads Band, Helicopters Se Nigrani
— SAEED BHUTTA (@SHB_1983) February 11, 2018
The final, which is scheduled to take place in March 2018, is the first time in over nine years that a match with international players is being played in Karachi.
Due to security concerns, international cricket is hardly played in Pakistan but last year’s PSL final was being played in Lahore and a lot of international players backed out at the last minute due to security concerns. There were a series of bombings throughout the nation in the days leading up to the final. Four of Quetta’s overseas players chose to opt out, including Kevin Pietersen, the team’s icon player who was their first selection in the 2016 Pakistan Super League players draft.
But in the end, the final itself was conducted in relative safety.
People of Karachi are divided over having to go through the whole ordeal for preparation of the PSL event.
Some were frustrated that everything was blocked just because of a cricket match
Meanwhile, others were glad that cricket was finally back in Karachi
Many are also acting out to help others divert their journeys to roads that may be less clogged
Waisay tipu sultan is looking fine with this diversion and U turn.
— Waqas Pai (@waqaspai) February 11, 2018
Are you excited for the PSL or are perturbed with the event prep? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.
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